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McCune Charitable Foundation: Cultivate/Continuity and Focus Tiers

Deadline: September 15, 2021

The McCune Charitable Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, and spiritual life of New Mexicans. The Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grantmaking that seeks to foster positive social change. The McCune Foundation focuses on the following nine priorities in its grantmaking:

* Capacity building in the nonprofit sector: Grants support initiatives that build operational capacities for non-profits, making expertise in communications, finance, leadership development, organizational development and other areas more broadly available in service of a more structurally equitable and resilient sector. Leverage points: 1) Expertise and professional services; 2) Shared services and infrastructure; and 3) Leadership development.
* Economic development and family asset building: The Foundation seeks to supports initiatives that build operational capacities for non-profits, making expertise in communications, finance, leadership development, organizational development and other areas more broadly available in service of a more structurally equitable and resilient sector. Key leverage points: 1) Economic Development, including (a) Scalable elements supported by high-touch interventions and (b) Innovation in enterprise structure, and (c) Accessibility of capital; and 2) Family Asset Building, including (a) Financial capabilities and economic engagement; (b) Mortgages and credit; and (c) Savings.
* Education transformation: The Foundation holds equity as a core value, and sees equitable access to engaging and culturally relevant education as a key component of thriving, prosperous communities. It also recognizes that New Mexico is blessed to be home to diverse cultures, languages, and traditions that make learning and growing up here in the 21st century an experience that is uniquely rooted in place and community. Leverage points include: 1) Early Childhood Development; 2) School leadership development; 3) Locally designed approaches and multilingual educational opportunities; Equitable systems development; and 4) Afterschool and in-school supplemental programs.
* Leveraging opportunities in health care: The focus is on specific strategic areas with an eye to long-term trends. Leverage points include: 1) Equitable and Innovative approaches to access; 2) Frontline Healthcare Worker workforce development and support; and 3) Integrated approaches to addressing social determinants.
* Local food industry development: Grants supports development of market-­based alternatives that will ultimately produce better health outcomes and contribute more directly to the economic wellbeing of New Mexico citizens and communities. Leverage points: 1) Market development; 2) Shared infrastructure; 3) New farm/farmer development; 4) Nutritional health education; and 5) Policy and advocacy.
* Building links between arts and community engagement: Grants support efforts that seek to leverage arts, creative expression, and culturally relevant, transformative experiences for the purpose of inspiring and driving higher levels of community and civic engagement. Leverage points: 1) Community engagement; 2) Collaboration and partnership; and 3) Education.
* Stewardship in community: The frontline communities–those who experience the “first and worst” of the consequences of climate change–that will be the primary focus of support. Frontline communities include tribal and rural communities, and in urban areas, lower and middle income families and communities of color living in areas that have been negatively impacted by poor infrastructure and industrial practices. Leverage points: 1) Building links between cultural health and ecosystem health; 2) Environmental justice and health equity; 3) Energy equity; and 4) Water equity.
* Influencing planning of built environments: Grants support the development of built environments across the state that seek to take advantage of the role these environments can play to move New Mexican families toward a more prosperous and healthy future. Leverage points: 1) Bringing community voices into urban development; 2) Access to affordable, efficient renewable energy and health equity in built environments; 3) Strategies for affordable housing.
* Strategies for rural development: Strategies and approaches that work in the state’s urban areas often fail in other parts of New Mexico because of the geographic challenges implicit with rural landscapes and, also, because of differences that exist between urban and rural communities. Leverage points: 1) Economic development; 2) Educational advancement; and 3) Build Environment.

The Foundation awards grants through the following tiered structure:
* Cultivate/Continuity: Provides basic support for: a) innovative, experimental, and/or pilot work that requires a relatively low level of funding to get off the ground or test an idea; or b) established organizations or programs that are aligned with Foundation priorities and are working towards increased impact.
* Focus: Supports organizations that align with Foundation priorities and demonstrate collaboration as a core approach to their work. Applicants should specify a body of work within their overall mission that supports McCune Foundation priorities and leverage points over the grant period.

Amount: A total of $3,428,206 is expected to be available. Grant ranges are dependent upon tiers:
* Cultivate/Continuity: Grants range from $10,000-$25,000; approximately 50-60 grants will be awarded
* Focus: Grants range from $25,000-$50,000; approximately 50-60 grants will be awarded

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, federally recognized Indian tribes, public schools, and governmental agencies.

Link: https://nmmccune.org/apply/

Note: The application cycle will open on August 15, 2021.

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